The hardest part of writing a problem solution essay is finding a solution. Often, my students start with one solution idea. Then as they begin to write and collaborate on ideas with others, they will change their topics accordingly. In reality, problem solution essays are a way of writing out what we are always doing in our lives and work: trying to find a better way to do something. Because these essays are harder to write, it helps if you really care about the topic. That is why I have my students start by listing things that really annoy them or problems they feel need a solution. Generally, I suggest they stick to something they personally experience. I tell them to think about all of the groups they belong to at school, home, and in their communities and then write a list of all the problems they notice in those groups. Generally, once they have written that list, they start to see something they are most interested in solving. The best topic to choose is one that has these characteristics:
1. You care about this issue.
2. It is a problem that can be solved with resources or groups you know about and can identify.
3. You have an idea for a solution or can at least think of some possible ideas.
Still stumped? Look at my article of topic ideas for problem solution essays.